Oklahoma Democrats seek legal opinion on using federal funds

Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 11:52 AM CDT
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Several Oklahoma House Democrats are seeking a legal opinion on Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt’s decision to spend federal coronavirus relief funds to send students to private schools.

Members of the House Democratic Education Policy Group requested a formal opinion Monday from state Attorney General Mike Hunter.

Stitt faced criticism in July when he announced his plan to spend $10 million from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund to allow Oklahoma families to access $6,500 in funds for private-school tuition.

State Rep. Andy Fugate says he believes there are questions about the legality of the governor’s decision.

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